Leoric

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Leoric
Leoric
Basic Info
Title The Skeleton King
Role Warrior Warrior
Franchise Diablo (franchise) Diablo
Type Melee
Release Date July 21, 2015
Base Stats
Health 2567
Health Regen 5.35
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3
Armor
Speed 4.3984
Attack Speed 0.77
Attack Range 2
Attack Damage 144
Stats per level
Max Health 4
Health Regen 4
Ranged Damage 0
Splash Damage 0
Max Energy 0
Energy Regen 0

Leoric, the Skeleton King, is a melee warrior hero from the Diablo universe.[1] Madness. Betrayal. Death. These are the legacy of the Black King Leoric's reign. Driven to madness by the spirit of Diablo, Leoric brought untold suffering on his kingdom. Even after his death there was no release for the Skeleton King.

Leoric is a slow moving front-line warrior that never truly dies, haunting the battlefield as a ghost before reforming on the field.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Diablo (franchise) This section concerns content exclusive to Diablo universe.

At the behest of the Zakarum church, Leoric traveled from Kehjistan to Khanduras and declared himself king. Acting on counsel from his trusted advisor, Archbishop Lazarus, Leoric established his seat of power in the town of Tristram. He eventually won the hearts and minds of his subjects, and ruled as a wise and just king for many years.

Lazarus convinced Leoric to settle in Tristram because he knew Diablo was imprisoned beneath Tristram's cathedral - and after Lazarus released Diablo, the demon tried to possess Leoric. Weakened due to his long imprisonment, Diablo only succeeded in driving Leoric mad. The king grew irrational and paranoid, and declared war against the neighboring kingdom of Westmarch. Lazarus brought the king's youngest son, Albrecht, into the labyrinth so Diablo could use him as a host instead. The loss of his son made Leoric's madness worse, and he began torturing and executing innocent citizens.

Lachdanan, the captain of Leoric's knights, returned from the war in Westmarch with only a few ragged survivors. Finding the kingdom in disarray and its people gripped by terror, Lachdanan confronted Leoric and was ultimately forced to kill him. Lachdanan and his men buried their king in the tombs beneath the cathedral, but Diablo raised Leoric from the dead as the Skeleton King.

Albrecht's older brother, Aidan, eventually vanquished the monster their father had become. Twenty-two years later, the Fallen Star that struck Tristram's cathedral reawakened Leoric's spirit. At Deckard Cain's behest, the Nephalem retrieved Leoric's old crown and used it to bind his spirit to his skeletal remains, allowing them to confront and defeat him.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Undying
Become a ghost when you die, and resurrect upon reaching full Health. Your Abilities and Talents don't do damage while dead, but will still heal you for 50% of their normal amount, causing you to cheat death.
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Q
Ghastly Swing
Cooldown: 8 seconds
Swing in front of you to slow enemies by 40% for 2.5 seconds.
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Q
Skeletal Swing
50 Mana Cooldown: 8 seconds
Swing in front of you to deal 255 (121 + 4% per level) damage and slow enemies by 40% for 2.5 seconds. Deals double damage to non-Heroes and non-Structures.
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W
Drain Essence
Cooldown: 11 seconds
Throw out a chain, attaching to the first enemy Hero hit healing you for up to 12.5% of your maximum Health over 4 seconds as long as you remain close to the enemy. You drain more essence the longer you remain connected.
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W
Drain Hope
60 Mana Cooldown: 11 seconds
Grab an enemy Hero's soul, dealing up to 20% of their maximum Health as damage and healing you for up to 20% of your maximum Health while you are nearby, over 4 seconds. You are slowed by 20% while this is active.
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E
Wraith Walk
50 Mana Cooldown: 14 seconds
Separate from your body, becoming Unstoppable and gaining Movement Speed accelerating up to 50% over 2.5 seconds. When Wraith Walk ends or is canceled, your body jumps to your wraith.
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R
Entomb
75 Mana Cooldown: 50 seconds
Create an unpathable tomb in front of you for 4 seconds.
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R
March of the Black King
100 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Become Unstoppable and swing your mace three times, healing yourself for 7.03% of your maximum Health for each enemy Hero hit and dealing 401 (191 + 4% per level) damage.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
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Mana Thirst
Skeletal Swing restores 10 Mana per enemy hit.
Hopelessness Icon.png
Hopelessness
Increases the range of Drain Hope by 25%.
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Block
Every 5 seconds, gain 75 Physical Armor against the next enemy Hero Basic Attack, reducing the damage taken by 75%. Stores up to 2 charges.
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Reanimation
You can gather Regeneration Globes while Undying.
❢ Quest: Gathering a Regeneration Glove increases your Health Regeneration by 1 per second, up to 30 per second.
❢ Reward: After gathering 30 Globes, you also respawn 10 seconds faster.
4
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Fealty Unto Death
When a nearby Minion dies, you restore 1% of your maximum Health and 5 Mana. Half as effective while Undying.
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Willing Vessel
Increases the healing from Drain Hope to 30% of your maximum Health and Drain Essence to 15% of your maximum Health.
Hardened Bones Icon.png
Hardened Bones
During Wraith Walk, gain 25 Armor, taking 25% less damage.
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Royal Focus
If your body takes no damage during Wraith Walk's duration, the cooldown is reduced to 4 seconds.
7
Ghastly Reach Icon.png
Ghastly Reach
Increases the range of Skeletal Swing by 25%.
Lingering Apparition Icon.png
Lingering Apparition
Increases the duration of Wraith Walk by 80%.
Paralyzing Rage Icon.png
Paralyzing Rage
Increases the Movement Speed slow of Skeletal Swing to 60%.
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Ossein Renewal
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to heal 20% of your maximum life over 6 seconds. Half as effective while Undying.
10
Entomb Icon.png
Entomb
Create an unpathable tomb in front of you for 4 seconds.
March of the Black King Icon.png
March of the Black King
Become Unstoppable and swing your mace three times, healing yourself for 7.03% of your maximum Health for each enemy Hero hit and dealing 401 (191 + 4% per level) damage.
13
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Burning Rage
Deal 23 damage per second to nearby enemies.
Crushing Hope Icon.png
Crushing Hope
If Drain Hope lasts its full duration, it deals bonus damage equal to 10% of the victim's Maximum Health. This damage does not heal you.
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Drain Momentum
Drain Hope now increases your Movement Speed by 10% instead of reducing it.
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Spell Shield
Every 30 seconds, gain 50 Spell Armor against the next enemy Ability and subsequent Abilities for 1.5 seconds, reducing the damage taken by 50%. Can be toggled to allow or prevent this talent from triggering automatically.
16
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Renewed Swing
Skeletal Swing can be recast again for free within 3 seconds for 50% damage.
Consume Vitality Icon.png
Consume Vitality
Skeletal Swing heals you for 2% of your maximum Health per target hit, up to 10%. Half as effective while Undying.
Unyielding Despair Icon.png
Unyielding Despair
Every second Drain Hope is active, its cooldown is reduced by 1 second.
Imposing Presence Icon.png
Imposing Presence
Cooldown: 20 seconds
Activate to slow the Attack Speed by 50% and Movement Speed by 20% of nearby Heroes and Summons for 2.5 seconds.
Passive:Heroes and Summons that attack your Hero have their Attack Speed slowed by 20% for 2.5 seconds.
20
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Buried Alive
Enemies inside Entomb take 198 (94 + 4% per level) damage per second.
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Death March
Your final swing of March of the Black King also applies the base version of Drain Hope to all enemy Heroes in a large area.
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Spectral Leech
Basic Attacks against enemy Heroes deal bonus damage equal to 5% of the Hero's maximum Health and heal you for the same amount.
Hardened Shield Icon.png
Hardened Shield
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to gain 75 Armor for 4 seconds, taking 75% less damage.

Skins[edit | edit source]

  • Skeleton King
    • Backstory: Madness. Betrayal. Death. These are the legacy of the Black King Leoric's reign. Driven to madness by the spirit of Diablo, Leoric brought untold suffering on his kingdom. Even after his death there was no release for the Skeleton King.
    • Price: 7,000g / $8.49 / 8.49
  • Master Master
    • Backstory: These ornamental warplates were once a symbol of the holy Zakarum faith. Now, they serve only as a stark reminder of its demonic corruption.
    • Price: 10,000g (requires Hero Level 10)
  • Rare Vrykul
    • Backstory: Leoric held the Winterskorn Chieftain's skull aloft for the gathering crowd to see. "Who else among you wishes to challenge me?" The silence was deafening.
    • Price: $9.99 / 9.99€
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other franchises merging into Warcraft skins.
  • Legendary Space Lord
    • Backstory: The Space Lord has brought countless worlds under the Eternal Empire's thrall. Soon, even Earth's troublesome Star Princess will fall to the power of the darkness.
    • Price: $14.99 / 14.99€
    • Skin Features: Replaced voice-over, themed abilities, custom portrait.[3] All of the Space Lord's abilities have holographic/technological animations and sound effects. He generates red, purple, or green energy depending on the tint used.[4]
    • Note: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Eternal Empire skins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Leoric first appeared in Diablo (1996). His Heroes of the Storm design reflects his appearance in Diablo III (2012).
  • Leoric is voiced by Chris Metzen in Diablo, and Joe Thomas in Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm.
  • Leoric was under consideration for inclusion as early as 2011.[5] The idea of having a character that didn't die was one the team looked at - Malthael was considered, but they ultimately settled on Leoric.[6]
  • In the closing seconds of the Feature Trailer from BlizzCon 2014, Leoric can be seen throwing his crown into the air, catching it, then placing it back on his head.[7]
  • Leoric was added to the game on July 21, 2015, as part of the Eternal Conflict event.
  • The second and third tints of Leoric's default palatte give his armor and his hammer a red and gold tint, with his cape being green on the third tint; both tints giving his mane a pale gold and brown color.
  • Space Lord Leoric is based on the Sith Lords of the Star Wars franchise.[8]
  • The second tint of Leoric's vrykul skin represents the frost vrykul subrace, while the third tint represents the kvaldir.
  • Some of Leoric's quotes reference the running joke about Darkness.
  • One of Leoric's gag quotes references the famous song "Dem Bones".

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